TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1939-1941

RG 038, Election Laws Commission

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Election Laws Commission
Title: Election Laws Commission records
Dates: 1939-1941
Quantity: 1.75 cubic feet
Abstract: The Election Laws Commission studied election laws and recommended changes to correct any inadequacies.
Identification: RG038
Accession: T002692
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Initially known as the Commission Upon Laws Relating to Elections, the Election Laws Commission was a seven member, bi-partisan group appointed under the provisions of H.B. 74 passed by the 1939 session of the general Assembly. Its purpose was to study the election laws and to recommend changes to correct any inadequacies.

The first meeting was held on February 6, 1939, and the Commission submitted its first report to the governor on April 14, 1939. Further investigations were deemed necessary, however, and the Assembly extended the Commission to May 1, 1941, submitting its second and final report on January 31, 1941.

The Commission met frequently, carrying on its own investigation with subcommittees and a clerk, holding four public hearings, and using questionnaires to obtain information and advice from party officials.

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Scope and Content

This record group contains reports, minutes of meetings, correspondence and reference materials, minutes of public hearings, and questionnaires.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be availabler on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

None.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Election Laws Commission

Subjects:

Election law--Connecticut--Records and correspondence
Elections--Connecticut--Records and correspondence

Document Types:

Administrative records
Minutes
Questionnaires
Reports

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Connecticut State Library received the records on October 6, 1943 from J. Warren Upson, Clerk of the Commission.

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Container List

Records, 1939-1941
Box
1. Reports, 1939, 1941 1
Copies of two printed reports of the Commission.
2. Minutes of meetings, 1939 February 6 - 1941 January 31
Mimeographed minutes of both regular and "special" meetings.
Arranged chronologically.
3. Drafts of reports, correspondence and reference materials, 1939-1941 1-2
Commmission's reports and proposed legislation, notes, memoranda excerpts from Commission minutes and Attorney General opinions.
The material was kept in two loose leaf binders, presumably by the clerk.
Unarranged.
4. Minutes of public hearings, 1939-1940 2
Typed minutes of public hearings held in the State Capitol.
Specific dates are March 3, 1939, March 7, 1939, November 12, 1940, November 15, 1940
5. Questionnaires, 1939-1940 3
Two sets of questionnaires sent out by the Commission to Democratic and Republican registrars in each town and returned with requested data and opinions. The first, dated February 17, 1939, collected a "fairly detailed survey of the existing election machinery," with figures of the number of electors and the number voting in 1938. The second dealt primarily with caucuses and primaries and asked for the number of party registered electors in 1939.
Arranged alphabetically by town.
6. Unfiled drafts and reference material, 1939-1940 4
Materials similar to those in item 3 above. Includes some unique materials on election expenses in large Connecticut cities.
Unarranged.